October 5, 2006
Tifton -- The Tifton Gazette has reported the news of Tift County for 115-years. The paper really made its mark during World War One when it became one of the smallest newspapers in the country to publish daily. It hasn't slowed down since, and it hasn't lost its community connection.
It's a hometown touch you won't get from the New York Times. A friendly personal greeting, and a friendly personal letter.
"All new subscribers that we have, we send out a letter," said Office Manager Jetty Tanner.
Tanner is hand-addressing notes to folks who just signed up to receive the Tifton Gazette. "I think they'll always need their paper. I don't think it'll ever fade away."
Jetty has been around for many changes at the Gazette. "If I've been here for 30 years you know, I've enjoyed working here."
She says her beloved paper lives up to its slogan, "The heart of the community." "It just ties our community together."
It's also located in the heart of the community, right in downtown Tifton. "If we hear something, we're ready to run out. It is convenient to be next door to the courthouse and also to the county commission building." Managing Editor Florence Rankin says the Gazette, like big papers, takes on in-depth series and special projects.
We're definitely not afraid to," she says.
But it's focus is on the important local news of the day. "Things that are important to people in their every day lives."
And the folks at the Gazette promise to continue that tradition. It's what people here have come to expect. "Certainly, if people don't get their paper we hear about it," said Flo. "They say this is part of my day. I come out in the yard and get the paper and then I drink my cup of coffee. It's part of their lives."
And will continue to be, maybe for another 115 years.
The Tifton Gazette has diversified in recent years. They also publish three magazines that focus on religion, business, and entertainment.